With most consumers and clients expecting 24/7 availability in today’s business world, it is no wonder business continuity and disaster recovery are top-of-mind for us all. Don’t have a plan yet? Don’t delay. Business disruptions can happen at any time and can have a direct impact to your bottom line. Today let’s look at tips for disaster recovery planning and advice on how to find the solution that is best for you.
Ryan Francis outlines critical “things” to cover in your disaster recovery plan in a recent NetworkWorld article. Here are a few highlights:
- Establish a disaster recovery functional team , including a spokesperson responsible for communication
- Identify your risks. What systems and infrastructure are most vital for operations: information systems, communication infrastructure, access and authorization, physical work requirements and key contacts/communication flow
- Test your plan regularly and ensure it is accessible from both inside the company and remotely
- Protect your on-premise systems: ensure alarms and sensors are installed and working properly, keep in mind natural disasters such as flooding or storms
Most companies also need to seek outside help for their disaster recovery solutions. Christian McBeth writes for CIO, “Your Board of Directors is demanding a complete BC/DR program, your CEO wants it done yesterday, service providers are promoting their services and calling on you all hours of the day, your different lines of business only care about their IT needs, the media is full of news about the latest and greatest cloud recovery technologies … and the list goes on. So how do you even begin to move forward when a hundred voices are clamoring for your attention, your money, and your resources?” Can you relate to this statement?
Mr. McBeth recommends getting the following right to help guide your decision:
- Know your business requirements, what is happening now in your systems
- Know what is most vital and what is not – prioritize systems and data
- Take into consideration future projects
- Map your critical applications to IT infrastructure, including interdependencies
In today’s faster business world, disaster recovery planning is more than a once a year test and update event. It is an important business function that works best when it is reviewed, updated and tested regularly.